Top 10 Hottest Female Poets of the 19th Century

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Top 10 Hottest Poets of the 19th Century

This list is for fun, and it  is meant to be to tongue-in-cheek. We hope to honor the women on this list, and by writing it we hope to draw more attention to their works. Imagine for a moment that these women lived today, in our culture. With names in “entertainment” like these, it would not be long before they made Star magazine’s best and worst dress list. Can you imagine Emily Dickinson’s exploits on the cover of The Enquirer. Yes we know that most of these poets were not known for their looks. That was most-likely due to the fact that their poetry and writing overshadowed their appeal. They have lived on because of their amazing verses and impact on writing. We know it is a little krass, but in today’s culture these ladies would no doubt make the sexiest list of “OK” magazine (absent of television and film actresses). It is a sensational list, we know, but we hope you will “check out” each of these writers. We really hope you read their writings because their works did shape the writing of all who came after them. Take a look at the Top 10 Hottest Poets of the 19th century.

1. Anne Bronte


Too often overshadowed by her sister’s works, Anne comes from a family of lookers. She also was a wonderful writer in her own right. She is the Audrey Hepburn of the 18th century writing world and number one on our list. Get more information on Anne here.

2. Emily Bronte

EMILY bronte

Emily is also a looker, and she was too over shadowed by the works of her sister. Emily did write Whithering Heights among others, so she was no slouch when it came to being an amazing author. A looker too. Find more info on her here.

3. Emily Dickinson


We doubt that Emily would ever have expected that over 100 years after her death she would be making our hottest poets list, but we think she is the tops. She has great style, and of course her poetry is the amazing. If you don’t know her work you’ve been living under a rock. If you can’t see her appeal, you are blinded by 21st century goggles.  Read about Emily here.

4. Elizabeth Barrett Browning


Robert Browning fell in love with her the first time he read her poetry. He worked for years to get her to believe that he really loved her. She was 6 years older than him, but he did win her over after some trying. We can understand why he worked so hard at it. Read more here.  

5. Charlotte Bronte


The author of Jane Eyre and other masterpieces, she did overshadow other poets and novelist with her writing. She also makes our top 10 hottest list. Read more.

6. Jane Austin


Jane Austin might just be the most famous female writer of the 19th century. Next to Emily Dickinson, Jane is probably the best known and most loved, and as you can see from the picture, she was also pretty. Read more.

7. Margaret Fuller


  She was not a poet or a novelist, but she was the one of the first major female journalist. She also played a major role in shaping literature of the time by being a book reviewer. Either way we think she was one of the top. Read about her.

8. Caroline Kirkland


Kirkland was well know and a great editor of her time. She was also a looker. Read more about her here.

9. George Eliot


By name you wouldn’t know that Ms. Eliot would make our list, but in truth she was a prolific and a high impact writer. Her real name was Mary Evans, but she felt people would not take her seriously if they thought she was a woman. She may have been correct at the time. We take her serious as a women and a writer. Read more about her.


10.  Harriet Beecher Stowe


Here writings energized the anti-slavery movement. Uncle Tom’s Cabin sparked must controversy, and might even have helped to start the Civil War. Read more.


Maybe the real beauty on this list, the real thing that we might call hottest on this list, is the internal beauty of each of these women. To us, the hottest thing about these women, is that their beauty is NOT skin deep.

Richard Edwards has a BFA in Creative Writing and Journalism from Bowling Green State University and an M.S. in Education from the University of Akron. Managing editor of Drunk Duck, poetry editor for Prairie Margins, reporter for Miscellany, Akron Journal, Lorain Journal...check our About Us page for more. Also here is info on our On Classic Articles


  1. Top 10 Hottest Female Poets of the 19th Century?
    Why do they have to be the “hottest”? Couldn’t they just be the best? most admired? accomplished?

    Please do better for women.
    Barbara Welsh

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